Anderson Ladd partnered with the University of Minnesota, BWBR Architects, and Mortenson Construction to plan and design an innovative new practice facility for student athletes known as the Athlete’s Village at the University of Minnesota. The state-of-the-art facility opened in January of 2018.
The Athlete’s Village, composed of multiple buildings, needed to encompass the needs of student-athletes for training, studying, nutrition, and overall development. The U of M wanted to create individual practice spaces for different sports. They wanted facilities dedicated to men’s & women’s basketball, football, volleyball, and more, for tailored training and team building.
The team at AL installed the two ceiling-suspended goalposts in the over 85 foot tall facility. They used lifts to get to the top of the ceiling, where they secured the 30 foot goalposts.
Acoustics were a top concern for the Land O’Lakes Center for Excellence, where they designed a multi-level facility that layered student halls between basketball courts on each floor. Putting study areas beneath basketball courts was a tall order for soundproofing.
Luckily, the solutions experts at Anderson Ladd had a tried and true method they’d previously used and tested at the Timberwolves facility. AL worked closely with the University of Minnesota, and designed a flooring plan that would ensure acoustic interruptions were kept to a minimum, eliminating issues of study floors being underneath basketball courts.
Anderson Ladd provided the flooring for the practice facilities and weight rooms. The subfloor was the Pliteq Genie Mat subflooring, which provides a layer of sound and impact absorption. The men’s and women’s basketball courts, as well as the lobby and other areas of the Center for Excellence were outfitted with Robbin’s LockTite maple wood flooring, featuring a moisture-protecting, steel channel fastening system.
AL provided Porter Athletic Equipment for the training facilities, including backstops, portable backstops, field goal netting, field goal posts, volleyball equipment, and custom wall pads. Six ceiling suspended, automatic backstops were installed for the cross court practice courts for both the women’s and men’s basketball practice courts.